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KARPENTER have released a ‘gameplay’ style humorous video for their Army Of Darkness inspires song “The Manor”. The animation is pretty darn good for a band I have never heard of and the music gives me strong quality In Flames vibes. Into it. Dueling guitars sound great in that bridge! This band needs to be on the radar of every melodic heavy metal fan.

The band adds:

“The Manor” is like an endless battle that brings many emotions to the table. We conceived it as a struggle to defend what’s most important to us, in an everlasting balance between win and loss, triumphant metal rides, and bitter melodic chords. “The Manor” is a hymn to revenge and it is set in a fictitious “dark era” that might evoke the Middle Ages. It sounds so powerful and punchy that we couldn’t prevent it from spreading so fiercely.”

“Sleepless” was recorded and mixed by Gabriele Ravaglia (Extrema) and Gianmarco Bambini at Fear Studio in Italy, and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Epica, Fleshgod Apocalypse).

KARPENTER will be releasing their debut album “Sleepless” this coming May 2021 via Rockshots RecordsNamed in tribute to horror movie master John Carpenter, the alternative-metal band was formed in 2019 by former Fightcast members Filippo Tellerini, Francesco Vicini, and Marco Biondi, along with Federico Conti (Creep), Manuel Nucci and Michele Mingozzi (Figure of Six).

 

Z2 Comics, the leading publisher of music-inspired graphic novels, reveals this fall’s jewel in the crown of the “king” of heavy metal himself: the first-ever comic written by the one and only King Diamond. White Noise Studios scribe Dan Watters and October Faction artist Damien Worm team with The King himself for a chilling new version of the story of Miriam Natias and Jonathan LaFey and an inheritance far more terrifying than even the haunted mansion in which it’s discovered.

To celebrate this unprecedented pairing, Z2 Comics will offer an exclusive brand new Abigail graphic novel picture disc edition of this incredible album, featuring the front cover of the graphic novel, and on the back side, you will find both the original Abigail cover and an alternate cover painting by artist Torbjörn Jörgensen, available only with the deluxe and super deluxe graphic novel package, exclusively through the Z2 website, and available for pre-order now: https://z2comics.com/kingdiamond

“A graphic novel based on one of my stories is a dream come true for me. Working with a company like Z2 and the writer Dan Watters, and the graphic artist Damien Worm, is making this project the highest class one could wish for. Not just our own fans, but any fan of the horror genre, will enjoy the darkness and creepiness of this project. I simply can’t wait to personally be able to present this to you once we get closer to Halloween. Abigail has risen again.”

The haunting saga of King Diamond‘s Abigail brought to stunning and horrific life by Dan Watters, Damien Worm, and King Diamond himself! Adapting the storyline of one of heavy metal’s most celebrated concept albums, this new graphic novel will reward both longtime fans and horror hounds alike with a story made even more chilling in comic book form!

Publisher Josh Frankel says, King Diamond is as his name would imply, heavy metal royalty, and we are all his servants. I couldn’t be more honored to reward fans of comics and heavy music with what will most likely be one of the highlights of the year, and a high watermark for Z2’s direct artist collaborations overall.”

With 12 albums released as King Diamond, millions of albums sold worldwide, with over 175,000 of 1987’s Abigail in the US alone. The second album under the King Diamond banner, Abigail, is an undisputed classic and considered his true breakout release, setting the stage for over three decades of devoted fandom. With the new album announced, 2022 will truly mark “the return of the king.”

King Diamond‘s Abigail graphic novel will be released in standard softcover and hardcover editions in comic shops and bookstores alike, just in time for Halloween in October 2021, with special deluxe and super deluxe editions available for pre-order now only through the Z2 website (https://z2comics.com/kingdiamond), which include a special exclusive one-time variant cover vinyl edition in a strictly limited edition of 3,000 copies!

A very unique and sinister piece of dark art will be made available for pre-order, as a companion to the graphic novel on King Diamond‘s personal request. Details will be available on the Z2 website: https://z2comics.com/kingdiamond

Notorious West Coast rap metal crossover band BODY COUNT (at one point the most controversial act in music) have finally been recognized for their achievements in trolling cops, uniting Slayer appreciation with hardcore rap and scaring the crap out of parents everywhere. Actually, the rallying cry song “Bum-Rush” that Ice-T, Ernie C. and the boys won for is even more nuanced and talks about wealth accumulation by people that want to bring all the lower class people down (a theme that was also a big part of “No Lives Matter”).

As someone who wears a Body Count hat pretty often and who had Ice’s Rolling Stone cover where he was a cop on my wall as a kid, this is rad to see. The band paid respect to Riley and Power Trip who were also nominated, but in the end Body Count got the award and also won out over Code Orange, Poppy and In This Moment.

It was cool to see Fiona Apple win despite saying she would smash her Grammy’s with a sledgehammer and of course this Body Count win as well. Both actually stand for what they believe in and aren’t performative like Phoebe Bridgers (who I am very glad lost all her nominations as she acts woke but is on a very problematic label conglomerate Secretly Group and seemingly ignores it for personal industry access as well as how she has blocked survivors who critique her label and how her BFF Haley from Sloppy Jane threatened Globelamp for outing a Burger Records producer for sexual harassment). The Academy also nominated some wack “Tyson Trax” aka Dr Luke bullshit this year in a huge slap in the face for Ke$ha, who they pretended to care about a few years ago.

Yes, I know Body Count are not exactly a feminist band – but they certainly are way more authentic than some of the other artists up there. “Black Hoodie” should’ve won in the past, so this is another example of the Grammy’s playing catch up. Shit, “There Goes The Neighborhood” is one of the ballsiest and most iconic songs ever! Can we get a retroactive Grammy for that shit as well?!! It is still very cool to see. Pick up Carnivore today. Along with the powerful Lil Baby performance, this was a step in the right direction.

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Austin’s punk encrusted blackened deep fried hellhounds SKELETON were in our Top 12 of 2020 last year for the overall best records of that hellscape year we’d otherwise love to forget , so we are stoked to hear they also now have a quick surprise EP Demo out between full lengths!

Stream SKELETON’s Ordainment Of Divinity at THIS LOCATION.

 

Ordainment Of Divinity is available on digital and limited cassette formats. Find digital orders at THIS LOCATION and physical orders HERE.   

 

Ordainment Of Divinity Track Listing:
1. Opening Rites
2. I
3. II
4. III
5. IV

WAKE sign worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 10:06 AM (PST)

WAKE have signed officially to Metal Blade in what is certain to be an inspired collaboration. Devouring Ruin was a landmark moment and it is exciting to think of what type of full length will follow it up for the creatively insatiable Alberta band.

Since their formation in 2009, they’ve released numerous EPs and singles, plus five full-lengths – touring the world in support of it. Their upcoming sixth album is set to be recorded in July 2021 with producer Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Archspire)].

WAKE comments: “All of us in WAKE have had a lot of regard both for Metal Blade and for the bands on its roster from any era. An endless stream of Metal Blade artists have been played in our van during any number of tours. For us, playing music has always been something that we’ve tried to do on our own terms and with our own vision. We’ve explored a lot of ground musically, and that was influenced by the history that Metal Blade was there to write. So, we’re very excited to say that we’ve joined up with Metal Blade. Expect a lot more noise from our camp in the near future.”

WAKE line-up:
Josh Bueckert – Drums
Arjun Gill – Guitars
Rob LaChance – Guitars
Kyle Ball – Vocals
Ryan Kennedy – Bass

Photo credit: Mike Wells

Today, American metal torchbearers Pounder stream the entirety of their highly anticipated second album, Breaking the World, at Decibel magazine’s website. Set for international release on January 29th via Shadow Kingdom Records, hear Pounder’s Breaking the World in its entirety exclusively HERE.

Heavy metal forever!

In defense of ‘Thor: The Dark World’

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 6:16 AM (PST)

With the welcome rumor that Kat Dennings will be in WandaVision in some capacity, I wanted to go back and see Thor: The Dark World for the first time in awhile. It often gets dragged and I had started to believe the general consensus through the hypnotic power of repetition, but revisiting the movie reminded me that I actually loved it in theaters and it was , in fact, one of my favorites in the MCU.

Personally I am tired of people acting like Thor: The Dark World is the worst Marvel movie. It just simply is not true. Maybe you have to be a weird, queer fan of dramatic costumes, freaky fantasy elf shit and dramatic highs and lows like me, but…from the elaborate sci-fi settings to wider universe building and mythical expansion, to eerie and ominous dark elves to easily one of the coolest of the Infinity Stones and a great supporting cast, the movie holds up better than people give it credit. Sure, Malekith might look kind of like Prince Nuada from Hellboy 2 if he sported a Joey Jordison mask, but he was (and is) still a formidable threat.

It might not have the flash and knee slap levels of the revolutionary Ragnarok (pretty much the best MCU film after Black Panther and Winter Soldier, easily), but it nonetheless has a lot for fans of dark fantasy. Plus. the movie still had plenty of comedy and character building as well. DC for awhile had everything looking dour and smog infested but it is good to have a balance of dark and light tones in different films for Universe building. That made Birds of Prey and Shazam! really stand out in contrast and freshen things up. Likewise, if every Marvel movie was Ant Man (which I also love, don’t get me wrong), it would get too damn zany after awhile. Dark World sets high stakes with real consequences (Frigga and her beautiful funeral scene) and I personally love the visual feel of a lot of it. It is the tense middle movie of the first three and it creates a great contrast between all of the Thor movies for a very enjoyable trilogy arc. It certainly works better than the much more uneven Iron Man 2.

Natalie Portman was semi-sidelined due to being infected with energy but her character was still completely integral to the plot and it was annoying in other movies afterward how she was scarcely referenced for awhile. I also think the love interest between the scientist and the walking mythical anomaly/alien was always a fun angle and the two had fun banter and a cute awkwardness that added to their appeal as characters. She validated his research and he had even more to fight for.

Did I mention that this movie has some of the best flight action sequences in all of Marvel’s onscreen content?

Leslie Felperin of The Hollywood Reporter said, “Although director Alan Taylor manages to get things going properly for the final battle in London, the long stretches before that on Asgard and the other branches of Yggdrasil are a drag, like filler episodes of Game of Thrones but without the narrative complexity, mythical heft or all-pervading sexiness.”

I would argue with that statement because the narrative complexity was still being literally built, much of it in this movie. This is still very early on in the MCU as the stories filled in gaps for movie-goers unfamiliar with the wider comic galaxy or the realms. Also, while it may not be as scandalous as GoT by a long shot, you can’t pretend no one finds Portman or Hemsworth attractive, lmao. And personally I love all the Asgard stuff. It is always some of the coolest visual material in Marvel whenever you see the Rainbow Bridge spanning impossible reaches.

Dark World is also one of the most metal of Marvel’s movies, the awkward Manowar fan of the MCU. But essential for die hards and for the development of the wider saga of the ancient relics. It will be hopefully re-assessed as time passes and we see more Jane Foster growth in the future.

MONOLORD share “I’m Staying Home” 2 song EP

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 5:34 PM (PST)

Swedish power trio MONOLORD return with the two track single “I’m Staying Home.” Recorded during the No Comfort album sessions, “I’m Staying Home” sees the band harnessing the power of the riff once again with their trademark take on crushing sludge rock and doom!

 

Vocalist/Guitarist Thomas Jäger comments:

“A leftover track from the No Comfort session with the lyrics re-recorded to suit our current state. Stay the fuck home.”

 

“I’m Staying Home” is available on all streaming services HERE. Physical pre-orders are available via Relapse.com HERE and officially out February 5, 2021.

 

Mixed and mastered by MONOLORD drummer Esben Willems, the single features the eponymous new title-track alongside an exclusive live recording of the No Comfort lead single “The Bastard Son,” captured at Freak Valley Festival in 2019.

Artwork by Michael Hutter

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INNO reveal video for “The Last Sun”

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 8:52 AM (PST)

Italian dark metallers INNO – featuring current and former members of FLESHGOD APOCALYPSEHOUR OF PENANCETHE FORESHADOWING and NOVEMBRE – today reveal the official video for “The Last Sun”. The song comes from the band’s debut album, “The Rain Under”, now available on Time To Kill Records.

“The Rain Under” was produced by the band and mixed by Marco Mastrobuono and Giuseppe Orlando in Rome. Mastering was handled by renowned Danish producer Jacob Hansen (KATATONIA, VOLBEAT, EPICA). Last but not least, the cover artwork was created by Decline Design.

“The Rain Under” tracklist:

01. Suffocate
02. The Hangman
03. Pale Dead Sky
04. The Last Sun
05. Night Falls
06. To Go Astray
07. Goliath
08. Scorched
09. Misericordia
10. High Hopes (Pink Floyd cover)

Emerging out of the Roman metal scene in 2017, INNO was founded by four veterans with the aim to create something that would differ from their past experiences within the metal world.

After spending a few months exploring their dormant influences, INNO came to shape a dark, doomy, heavy and progressive sound akin to eclectic acts such as Katatonia and The Gathering.

Line-up:

Elisabetta Marchetti (ex Stormlord, ex Riti Occulti) – Vocals, Piano, Acoustic Guitar
Cristiano Trionfera (ex Fleshgod Apocalypse) – Rhythm and Lead Guitar
Marco Mastrobuono (Hour Of Penance, Coffin Birth) – Bass
Giuseppe Orlando (ex Novembre, The Foreshadowing, Airlines of Terror) – Drums and Percussion

Calgary, Canada’s progressive prog Red Cain have launched the pre-order for their new album Kindred: Act IIset for digital release on January 22, 2021. The CD physical release will be done by Sliptrick Records at a later date in the new year. The upcoming full length continues and ends the band’s storytelling of their Kindred saga.

Vocalist Evgeniy Zayarny adds:

“Here we go, friends – the pre-order for our next LP “Kindred: Act II” is LIVE! Thank you for your belief in our work. Ride on with us on the second half of the “Kindred” saga – this mad march toward the Sun. Experimental, aggressive, and recognizably Red Cain in its style, “Kindred: ACT II” picks up and expands on the events from our previous album, centralizing the story around the Aztec warrior Zalcoatl, ritually chosen to save his people, and trapped inside an alien pyramid to battle a hungry, unearthly Lovecraftian entity that plans to use him to be released into the world beyond its archaic prison.”

“Demons” is a driving and insistent banger that could appeal to fans of everything from symphonic metal to The 69 Eyes to perhaps even Rammstein. It has been out for a few months and bodes well for the full release! A very cool sound with a lot of groove as well and a playful side that nonetheless remembers to be rooted in respect for heavy metal. The song is a lustful and dramatic celebration. “Let the sun light you up like a cigarette”, indeed.

Along with the pre-order of Kindred: Act II”, Red Cain is giving fans seven custom pieces of digital art designed by the band along with an immediate download of their goth-rock headbanger”Demons”.

Album pre-order available at the following link: https://redcain.bandcamp.com/album/kindred-act-ii

Sanhedrin sign to Metal Blade

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Monday, November 23, 2020 at 10:09 AM (PST)

Photo credit: Marc Braner

Metal Blade Records is proud to welcome Brooklyn’s Sanhedrin to its worldwide roster!

Formed in 2015, Sanhedrin have released two albums to-date: A Funeral For The World (2017) and The Poisoner (2019). The trio (which consists of former Amber Asylum/Lost Goat bassist/vocalist Erica Stoltz, Black Anvil guitarist Jeremy Sosville and drummer Nathan Honor) blends doom and classic metal into gripping, instantaneously memorable songs with lyrics that delve into the darker elements of humanity and the cyclical nature of destructive ideas. Thought-provoking and inherently catchy at the same time, Sanhedrin is unafraid to venture into unchartered territory.

The band will enter the studio to record their third full-length – and Metal Blade Records debut – in spring 2021.

Sanhedrin comments: “We are excited and humbled to join Metal Blade Records! Their legacy spans four decades and countless amazing artists, many of whom have inspired us over the years. We are proud to be part of its future, and look forward to what this new partnership will bring for Sanhedrin.”

Photo by J. Louvau

Killer Be Killed, who release one of the year’s most anticipated rock records, Reluctant Hero, on Nov. 20 via Nuclear Blast Records, have debuted a third single from the eagerly-awaited collection: “Inner Calm From Outer Storms”. The sophisticated and multi-layered attack of this song has a blend of alternative, extreme metal and relentless emotion that is hard to top. Probably the best tune yet from this tour de force of a band.

“‘Inner Calm From Outer Storms’ is about having the ability to sense a distant or unseen target,” explains Troy Sanders. “It explores a journey of reckless abandon where the destination may, or may not, actually exist.”

Greg Puciato agrees, saying the lyrics reference “the idea of being open to the freedom of having chaos be a state of existence.”

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If you were worried Halloween was going to be crappy this year due to social distancing -even though everyone would already have masks, haha- at least we will still have some killer music to enjoy thanks to Lizzy Borden (and yes, I do think during Covid that it is better to be safe than sorry, fyi). The spooky hard rockers have announced Best Of Lizzy Borden, Vol. 2 (out on Metal Blade Nov. 13th). Today you can hear them covering pretty much the best band ever , The Ramones!

It picks up where 1994’s Best of Lizzy Borden leaves off, containing 12 tracks that showcase the Deal with the Devil (2000), Appointment with Death (2007) and My Midnight Things (2018) albums. Additionally, the collection features 2 new cover songs recorded in the summer of 2020 (the first recordings by Lizzy‘s latest live show line-up!): Blue Oyster Cult‘s “Burnin’ for You” and The Ramones‘ “Pet Sematary” – both mixed by Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Steel Panther, Stone Sour).

Digitally re-mastered by Tom Baker (David Bowie, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Tom Petty), Best of Lizzy Borden, Vol. 2 can be pre-ordered now at: metalblade.com/lizzyborden – where Lizzy‘s cover of “Pet Sematary” can also be heard just in time for Halloween! You can also hear it below where it is embedded as surely as it is stuck in my head!

Best of Lizzy Borden, Vol. 2 track-listing
1. My Midnight Things
2. Long May They Haunt Us
3. Tomorrow Never Comes
4. Obsessed with You
5. (This Ain’t) The Summer of Love
6. Under Your Skin
7. Lovin’ You Is Murder
8. The Scar Across My Heart
9. There Will Be Blood Tonight
10. We Only Come Out at Night
11. Abnormal
12. Live Forever
13. Pet Sematary
14. Burnin’ for You

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Sad sight to behold, frankly

Tommy Vext of Bad Wolves went full Maga Clown this week, right in time for a GOP coup of the Supreme Court that threatens women’s rights, the division of church and state, environmental protections, LGBTQ, corporate abuse and so much more! But don’t worry! Tommy says on his Instagram that there are studies that say climate change is natural anyway! That’s as moronic as believing the Earth is flat or systematic racism doesn’t exist and we live in  meritocracy. How does Linda Perry, who I believe writes songs for Dorothy, feel about this? How does Dorothy!? Doc Coyle was in God Forbid! This is wack af.

It isn’t free thinking to join the endorsement ranks of the KKK, Lil Pump and the Taliban, Tommy. It’s dumb as fuck and chauvinistic. Also, you blocked my verified Puerto Rican girlfriend – the singer Globelamp- for critiquing you for not caring how it will affect women’s rights and falsely equating social democracy with ‘CoMMuNism’. Here is an article about how Trump is similar to Castro, dude. Don’t get it twisted. Bernie is a democratic socialist, not a communist. And Biden is a centrist! 

Oh no! Unions! A social safety net for the marginalized! Dudes who might care (or you think would care) about marginalized groups still often don’t blink when women are on the political chopping block. And now, a patriarchy loving cultist being rammed into the supreme court isn’t good for women.

Trickle down economics is piss for the poor. It has always been a gop lie. And acting like business tycoons care one iota of a fuck and will be ethical if deregulated is so beyond crazy I don’t know where to start, but it seems to be a core belief of people conned by those who think objectivism is at all feasible or moral in a corrupt society. You are only helping vulture capitalism and entrenched white supremacy.

It also matters that all people who can get abortions rights are threatened! They probably just think it is murder. Abortion rates don’t drop from banning them. They just get more dangerous and more people die! That is not pro life!

Bad Wolves (and the drummer of System Of A Down for that matter) can get in the fucking garbage.

Y’all got the bag so now you don’t care about marginalized folks? You dare to pretend Trump has been cool for LGBTQ? Ben Weinman super bummed me out today being on insta telling Tommy he had “balls of steel.” More like shit for brains.

It is super sad to see Tommy misled and fall for horrible propaganda. I have moshed my heart out at Vext/Candiria shows many years ago. It is akin to mental illness to believe Trump- a serial mafia backed grifter failson RACIST- and I am not sorry in the slightest for saying that. I am not saying I get to decide how he votes and I am white as snow but he seems like the snowflake for blocking critique, especially when the alt right cry they have been shadowbanned and about ‘FreEDumB Of SpeEECKKKCGGH!’ at every opportunity when people don’t want to host their hate enabling viewpoints. I am a demiflux pansexual, despite my skin color. And diabetic. Both of which also make me unsafe in Trumplandia.

Anyway, get a fucking clue Tommy! Pathetic! Go fuck off with 50 Cent and Ted Nugent into delusion land. PS Antifa serves a god damn purpose. Last I checked it was the same thing we pretended to care about in ww2, dipshit.

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Canadian heavy metal band Sinful Ways have a new melodic metal song out “Burst Into Flames” and an accompanying video. This song itself is high energy, and though the vocals don’t quite take off into the stratosphere they still are catchy and serviceable to an otherwise very well executed metal tune. I also just prefer screams or more soaring octaves/heights with this style, so that could be my bias.

Fans of Lazarus A.D., Bullet For My Valentine, Blaze-era Maiden and newer Trivium will likely dig aspects of this up and coming group. Will be cool to see if they hopefully do a whole album in this direction in the future.

The band explains what they are trying to convey with this single:

“Sinful Ways wants fans to relate to our music in some way and make them feel connected to us as a band and our music. We want them to take their interpretation of the songs to relate in one way or another.”